Home help turned beauty queen

Newly crowned Miss Derry, Pamela O'Hagan. (1208JB01)  (Photo.  Joe Boland)
Newly crowned Miss Derry, Pamela O'Hagan. (1208JB01) (Photo. Joe Boland)

This is Buncrana beauty who’s just been crowned Miss Derry and is hoping for glory in the 2011 Miss Ireland competition.

Home help Pamela O’Hagan was named Miss Derry on Sunday night. And while she says she’s “over the moon” at winning, Pamela wasn’t allowed much time to celebrate.

The 23 year old beauty queen yesterday left for Dublin’s Berkeley Hotel where she is to contest the Miss. Ireland title this weekend.

She’s had to find sponsorship and a dress in record time but Pamela says she is looking forward to the finals.

In fact the former Scoil mhuire pupil has a slight advantage over her fellow beauty queens as she contested last year’s Miss Ireland beauty pageant - as Miss Donegal!

“I’ll have a wee bit more knowledge of what is expected from us. Last year proved really daunting but I have more confidence this time around.”

She says of her dual connections as Miss Derry and Donegal.

“I was born in Derry in the Waterside and my father and brother live there still. I moved to Buncrana when I was two and live in Slieve Snaught. If I win it would be a victory for both counties.”

Speaking about the moment she was crowned Miss Derry, Pamela said: “I was really shocked, I didn’t even step forward when they called my name but I was over the moon.

“The Miss Ireland competition will be tough as there are 35 girls all vying for the title but I would love to win.

This is my last shot at it and I always wanted to be Miss Ireland. I really want to go and give it one last shot.”

Former Miss Irelands such as Amanda Brunker and Andrea Roche have enjoyed hugely successful careers in modelling, entertainment, TV presenting, acting and business.

On the night Pamela will be judged on evening wear, casual wear, an onstage interview and a swimsuit section.

And Pamela says it would be amazing to bring the crown home.

“I think it would be great for Derry to win the title as it would be really good publicity for us with the peace that we have now.”

A number of supporters, including parents Mervin Simpson and Anne O’Hagan and brothers Trevor, Steven and Coleman will accompany Pamela to Dublin.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who has supported and helped me.

Especially make up artist, Yvonne Hegarty, who did my make up for Miss Derry and who will be coming to Dublin with me. I’d also like to thank Tomorrows of the Diamond, Kevin O’Hagan and C&A McGinley’s of Buncrana.

In 2009 Miss Derry, Laura Patterson, was named Miss Ireland and went on to represent Ireland at the Miss World competition.